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Greene Township bridge closes Tuesday

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A short detour will be in place using an unnamed side road and Route 30 during that time. A temporary traffic signal will be in place

Victims Bill of Rights Question on Ballot Nov. 5

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Pennsylvanians will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution when they head to the polls on Nov. 5.

Farm-to-School Act for Pre-K to 5th Grade

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The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a package of bills that included one sponsored by Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin) in pursuit of supporting agriculture education.

Chambersburg to Lower Property Tax in 2020

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Chambersburg homeowners and businesses will pay a little less in property taxes next year if Council adopts a proposed 2020 budget outlined by Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill Tuesday night.

Bill Supporting AG Education Passes House

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House Bill 1514 will revise and reestablish the Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program has unanimously passed the House of Representatives today.

Franklin County Working to Address Homelessness

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Franklin County is conducting a Point-In-Time Count between January 23rd and 24th. This count will help to identify, understand, and better address the needs of those who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Chambersburg to Bring Restaurant Enforcement In-House

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Restaurant owners and managers will see changes in the way their restaurants are inspected next year.

State Grants Support Local Roadway Improvements, Business Expansion

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Three local communities will receive state grants for projects that will improve roads and help create jobs, Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, said this week.

Lawn, garden center waivers okayed by House

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Lawn and garden center waivers were state lawmakers latest effort to reopen more businesses, this time with bipartisan support. But the question...

Topper reopens two offices

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Bedford and Fulton transitioned to the COVID-19 imposed “yellow” zone this week. Franklin County remains in the state’s restricted “red” zone.

PA Property Tax Described as Essential to Maintaining Public Schools but...

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A proposal to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania is being met with a chorus of different viewpoints. Legislators, representatives of disparate organizations and residents weighed in on the thorny topic.

Primary election questions, answers

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Franklin County’s Election Board has answered some important questions to help local voters navigate Tuesday’s primary.

Multi-County Insurance Program Pays Dividends, Offsets Costs

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Being part of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s PA Counties Risk Pool Unemployment Trust is paying off for Franklin County. Franklin County has received an average of $49,665 per year since 2015 from the unemployment compensation trust fund.

Chambersburg Residents Are Winners In Landfill Electricity Deal

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Chambersburg residents have been using electricity from a landmark landfill-gas-to-electricity power plant at Progressive Waste’s Blue Ridge Landfill in Scotland for five years now.

County Commissioners Approve Human Services Block Grant Plan

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The Franklin County Commissioners recently approved the 2019-2020 Human Services Block Grant plan.

County Proceeds With Future Administration Building Plans

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Franklin County Commissioners reviewed floor plans this week for a new 35,772 square-foot administration complex at North Second and Grant Streets.

Older Americans Month celebrated in May

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May is Older Americans Month, a time when senior citizens are recognized across the nation for their contributions to their communities.

Franklin County’s message to its citizens

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Franklin County Emergency services Director Jacob Crider wants county residents to have a list o critical numbers to call if they don’t Hve an emergency but just ant information or help in non-emergency situations.

Lose a Bike? CPD Might Have It

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The owner of a red and white Huffy bicycle found in the 400 block of South Fourth Street last week can claim it at Chambersburg Police Department.

House Approves ‘Smart Justice’ Package

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In an effort to better protect the public and prison corrections staff by ensuring dangerous criminals are held accountable, the House passed a package of bills this week known as the “Smart Justice” package, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which first vetted the bills.

James Powell is County’s Employee of the Month for February

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Powell was chosen from a field of eleven nominations. His ability to interact with the public in a positive way is one of the traits earning him the February honor.

Auditor General to Revisit Dog Law Enforcement Audit

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The Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that he will be revisiting his 2013 special performance audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dog Law Enforcement Office.

Controlled Burns Set At Letterkenny

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Letterkenny Army Depot is going to do some controlled burns the next several weeks to reduce understory brush, control vegetation growth and improve wildlife habitat.

Chambersburg Taking Applications for CDBG Funding

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The Borough of Chambersburg is accepting applications for its 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Got Bulky Items? Get Rid of Them This Week

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Got an old fridge, or a bed or bike you need to get rid of or recycle? This week you can do it without paying a big landfill fee if you live in Chambersburg, Greene or Guilford Townships.

McGrath Named 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year

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Franklin County’s Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Kathleen “Kati” McGrath, is Pennsylvania’s 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year.

Supreme Court sides with Wolf

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The state’s highest court agreed that House Resolution 836 does not end the governor’s emergency order because it was never physically presented to him for a signature.

Toomey Pushes for Legislation to Make It Easier to Donate Food...

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To encourage charities and businesses to donate excess food to organizations that can distribute that food to the needy, the entity doing the donating is generally exempt from any legal liability provided that the donation is made “in good faith.”

Franklin County Resident Mastriano Wins Special Election

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Doug Mastriano was quickly welcomed to the Pennsylvania Senate following his landslide win over Democrat Sarah Hammond Tuesday.

Crisis Intervention Team Reaches 150 Members

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Another 21 trained crisis intervention experts were added to a roster of over 150 crisis intervention specialists in Franklin County this month.

Franklin County Employee of the Month

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Franklin County Commissioners have named a 911 Center employee credited with helping save a man’s life last summer as its October Employee of the Month. Commissioners presented Makenzie Cleary with the award during a special ceremony this week.

Property Tax, Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

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The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate has been extended to Dec. 31.

AG Takes Game Commission to Task for Lack of Transparency

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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his new performance audit shows the Pennsylvania Game Commission should strengthen its financial oversight and hold gas and oil companies accountable for lease royalty payments.

Chambersburg To Buy Wayne Ave Property, Move Public Works Facility

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The stage has been set to provide a new home for Chambersburg’s public work’s facility, but it won’t cost local residents a penny in extra taxes.

Gun Bills Out of Committee, Ready for House Consideration

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Rep. Rob Kauffman led the committee in voting on a package of bills to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues.

Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month

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Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month.

Wolf Calls for Emergency Small Business Loans Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called on the federal government Wednesday for help sustaining small businesses and nonprofits during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Franklin County Recognizes Dee Allison for 20 Years of Service to...

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Franklin County Commissioners recognized Verdona “Dee” Allison recently for over 20 years as a volunteer ombudsman, helping people living in long-term care.

Topper’s Office Open Additional Hours

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Rep. Jesse Topper’s McConnellsburg office will now be open an additional day each week.

Supreme Court to decide disaster issue

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The seven judge panel agreed Wednesday to hear the case after Wolf invoked “king’s bench” jurisdiction Friday for a quick ruling in his favor.

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